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Lost In The Tropics: Biosphere Potsdam

Since mornings in Berlin are so fresh and chilly, the trees are slowly losing their colorful garments, and the general atmosphere is getting a bit nostalgic, I thought there wasn’t a better time to take a break into the tropics. Luckily, I didn’t have to travel too far.

The charming city of Potsdam, located just 30 min away from Berlin, is mostly famous for its gardens and palaces. I mean, if you ever go to Potsdam, it’s usually for the Sanssouci Palace, right? But yesterday I discovered that there’s another cool spot worth the visit – Biosphere Potsdam. 

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The jungle landscape of the Biosphere contains over 20,000 exotic plants, which you can closely examine under a magnifying lens.

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And of course, there are dozens and dozens of seriously beautiful flowers that I couldn’t take my eyes off (or my phone camera).

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Every single one of those 20,000 plants has its own sign, which I thought was brilliant, educating and just supa cute :)

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Because roses aren't the only ones to have thorns! An unknown tree in Biosphere Potsdam...

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What I particularly loved, though, was the Butterfly House. You get to see butterflies really up close and, weirdly enough, they’re not really scared of anything. They just sit there and stare at you. I guess they like to have their pictures taken. Posers.

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There’s butterfly keeper taking care of them (isn’t that a lovely job?) and making sure they get out safe and sound out of their cocoons. The whole biosphere is extremely well taken care of, by the way. Just the right place for these exotic chickens, among other birds.

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Biosphere Potsdam also has its own Aquarium – not too big in size, but super entertaining! You actually get inside of a submarine and see the fish out of the tiny windows. There’s a real cabin, too, with benches and all, where you can sit and pretend that you’re on some secret Atlantic mission during World War I.

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Every single time I visit aquariums they always make me want to learn to scuba dive, by the way. Don’t you have the same feeling?

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My favourite discovery of the day was Traveller’s Tree – that’s how Baum der Reisenden is translated from German. But of course, that’s not why every traveler should visit the Biosphere Potsdam.

The purpose of every biosphere, and this one is no exception, is to educate people about the world we live in and to make them understand that nature is a very fragile thing and that we should all be responsible for protecting it. It’s called sustainable living, and it starts with simple stuff like not polluting nearby lakes with cigarette butts, using totes instead of plastic bags when you’re doing your groceries, biking more often, and just making sure that the steps you’re leaving are as least destructive as possible. When you travel constantly, it’s often  hard to achieve (I mean, airplanes actually cause more air pollution than cars, buses and trains together). But we all can take little steps towards sustainable travel and start acting with more responsibility.

Do you agree?

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